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Jan Welters: Profile


Profile is a highly personal selection of Welters’s work from the early ‘90s to 2018. Welters’s defining images cross all kinds of fashion barriers, and his respect for the models he works with is evident. Raw and sometimes slightly unconventional beauties, his models are quite often pictured with very little hair styling or make-up. The result is pure, powerful, and evocative, speaking to the very soul of his subjects.

Whether they’re of an androgynous-looking girl with a cowboy hat, a model smoking a cigarette on a beach, a movie star, or his wife and children, Welters’s photographs are captivating in their simplicity. The artist’s approach to his craft remains unchanged over decades, avant-garde and transcendent of trends. Featured among others are Cate Blanchett, Helena Christensen, Eva Herzigova, PJ Harvey, Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Owen, Kylie Minogue, Tatjana Patitz, Jessica Chastain, Christy Turlington, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis, Gisele Bundchen, Courtney Love, Laetitia Casta, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jennifer Connelly, Milla Jovovich, and Helen Mirren.

Jan Welters was born in The Netherlands in 1963. Passionate about the visual arts since he was very young, he studied at the St Joost Art School in Breda where he left in 1983 to become a photoassistant, first in Amsterdam and later in New York. He began his photographic career in Amsterdam, focusing on fashion and portraits. In 1992 he continued in Milan until moving to Paris in 1995. Since 2013 he calls Topanga Canyon his home, where he lives with his wife and children. Renowned in the fashion industry Jan has worked for a wide range of magazines such as the Paris, German, Dutch and American editions of Vogue, Elle, Italian Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair, to mention a few.


Jan Welters: Profile

Introduction by Iain R. Webb, Steve Hiett

Publication Date: April 2019

Published by Damiani

Clothbound, 11 x 11 in. / 160 pgs / illustrated throughout

ISBN 9788862086394 / $60 US

Distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P. |


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